*Note: This pattern is a shorthand version best used by those used to circular knitting and/or sock knitting.
- 250 yards of fingering weight/sock yarn (usually one skein's worth)
- size 2 or 3 knitting needles - the same you would use for socks
- 12 inches or so of a contrasting waste yarn in a similar weight -so it's easier to pick out later
- yarn needle
- Kitchner Stitch instructions
- Cast on number of stitches you would to make socks (for me that's 56, if I'm making socks for my Dad that's 72 stitches). Join in a circular fashion being careful not to twist. I arrange my stitches so that my three needles are as follows 1: 14 stitches, 2: 28 stitches, 3: 14 stitches. This is so that if and when I decrease for a mitten the decreases will align with the sides of my hand. In other words needle 1 has 1/4th of my stitches, 2 has 1/2, and 3 has 1/4th. Needles 1 and 3 are the palm side of my mitten and needle 2 is outward facing; this will also make adding a stitch pattern easy if so desired.
- Use the ribbing of your choice for approximately 3"; or until the mitten will go over a watch without gapping for added grip. I prefer 2x2 ribbing.
- Continue ribbing or knit straight until you have reached the top of the thumb joint. It's best if you determine this by trying the mitten on.
- A gauntlet is like a fingerless mitten but its ribbing and straight stitch end near to the elbow but also stop when you have reached the top of the thumb joint.
- At the beginning of a row, knit in the waste yarn for 10 stitches, 12 for a man's mitten.
- Place the waste yarn stitches back on the beginning needle, tuck in ends into the tube of the mitten and knit as normal until:
- If knitting a Fingerless mitten or gauntlet, knit straight until the palm ends and fingers begin; in other words just over the knuckles. You may want to add some ribbing or alternate purl, knit, purl rows before you cast off tightly.
- If knitting a mitten, knit straight until just over your pinkie finger; then start decreasing as if you were knitting a toe of a sock. Decrease to about 10/8 stitches and kitchner the top.
- Pick out waste yarn carefully and pick up 2-4 stitches for a final stitch count of 24 stitches. Knit in a circular fashion, either straight or in a ribbing of your choice for a closer fit, until just above the dark curve on your thumbnail. Decrease rapidly, 4 stitches each row, until 4 stitches remain and kitchner the top.
- Weave in all ends and Enjoy!